Gavin Cromwell Stable Tour

    Upwardly-mobile Irish trainer Gavin Cromwell reveals his runners for the festive period, which are headed by leading juvenile hurdler Espoir D'Allen.
  • Tuesday 19 December 2017
  • Stable Tours

Gavin Cromwell is a farrier by trade, but having put increased emphasis on his training career in recent seasons, the results of his horses have taken a notable upturn and he has quickly earned a reputation as a talented trainer.

Indeed, he was arguably the breakout trainer on the Irish National Hunt scene in 2015/16. Not only did he saddle by far his best tally of winners, but he also joined the Grade 1 club courtesy of the victories of Jer’s Girl at that level at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival and the Punchestown Festival.

The County Meath trainer has continued to build on that promise since then and currently has the most talented team of horses he’s ever had under his care.

Cromwell took the time to sit down with Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to talk his through his National Hunt team and the hopes he has for them over the Christmas period and beyond.

All Horses

Biddy The Boss

Form Profile:

Won a bumper at Fairyhouse in October and followed up with two solid runs in stronger company.

Trainer Says:

She will either go to Limerick on December 27th for a mares’ maiden hurdle or to Fairyhouse on New Year’s Day for a similar race. She seems to stay well and up to two-and-a-half miles should be fine for her. She should be OK on winter ground and while winter ground at Limerick will really test that, I think she should be fine on it.

Video Form
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27 Aug 2018:
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Elusive Ivy

Form Profile:

A 125-rated chaser, she progressed into a useful handicap chaser last season.

Trainer Says:

Since she’s come back in from her last break she has been very free in her work at home and she didn’t get home after racing a bit free and jumping her way into the race too early last time. I think we’ll ride her a bit differently the next day and take our time with her. I think she’s improving a bit that way at home and hopefully a quieter ride will do the trick. She will probably run in the 0-140 handicap chase over two miles at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day, but she will also have an entry in the mares’ handicap hurdle at Limerick on the same day.

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Espoir D'allen (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Voix Du Nord - Quadanse (Maille Pistol)
  • Trained by: G P Cromwell
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 4 Feb 2018 13:15
  • Result: 4/5, took keen hold, raced in 2nd, led 5th, pushed along before straight, soon headed, 3rd approaching last and no extra and not fluent, dropped to 4th run-in
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Form Profile:

A French import that is unbeaten in three starts in juvenile hurdles for Cromwell including a Grade 3 contest at Fairyhouse in December.

Trainer Says:

He will go to Leopardstown for the Grade 2 juvenile hurdle on St Stephen’s Day. His races so far have all been steadily-run and he has coped well with that, but I think a more truly-run race will suit him better and I hope that is what plays out at Leopardstown. He is very professional and he should stay well, so we wouldn’t fear an end-to-end gallop with him at all.

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Famous Milly (IRE)

Form Profile:

Rated 78 on the Flat, she made it second-time lucky over hurdles when winning a Listed juvenile hurdle at Aintree in December by 17 lengths.

Trainer Says:

She picked up a small bang when winning at Aintree and it’s going to be a bit of a struggle to get her back to the track for Christmas which is what we had been hoping to do. The entries for her race don’t close until Thursday and we’ll have to see how she is between now and then, but at this stage it is probably unlikely that she’ll have an entry. She was impressive at Aintree, though they seemed to go too quick up front and she settled nicely in the rear, which allowed her to pick up the pieces late on, so it’s hard to know how much to read into it.

Video Form
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25 Sep 2016:
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Highland Fling (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Country Reel - High Fun (Kahyasi)
  • Trained by: G P Cromwell
  • Last Race: Perth, 26 Apr 2018 15:30
  • Result: PU/6, took keen hold, tracked leaders on inside, 2nd after 3rd, wide on bend after 8th, slight lead when pulled up quickly after next
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Form Profile:

A 129-rated hurdler, he has progressed into a useful handicap hurdler in 2017 and looks to be open to more improvement.

Trainer Says:

He disappointed us at the weekend. I probably ran him back a bit too soon anyway, but there was no pace and he jumped off with no cover and just did too much too soon. He’s been busy enough, so we’ll put him on the easy list now and bring him back later in the season.

Video Form
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24 Feb 2018:
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3 Dec 2017:

Jer's Girl

Form Profile:

A 145-rated hurdler, she is a two-time Grade 1 winner over hurdles and remains capable of competing at the highest level, particularly in mares’ only company.

Trainer Says:

It looks like we won’t run her over Christmas and we might focus on mares’ races in the New Year, most likely in Britain. I think she got the three miles at Kempton, but on ratings she probably should have won. We were running her back a bit quick after the Lismullen Hurdle and combined with the trip across to there, it might just have taken its toll on her. Longer term, we’ll look at the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, but we’ll see what JP and Frank think closer to the time.

Video Form
4 Aug 2018:
2 Aug 2018:
28 Apr 2018:
12 Nov 2017:
1 Oct 2017:

Lady Ischia

  • 6-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Getaway - Summer Flight (General Assembly)
  • Trained by: G P Cromwell
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 4 Feb 2018 16:40
  • Result: 7/12, prominent, soon 2nd, closed up from 5f out, on terms over 4f out, headed from 3f out, dropped to 4th from 2f out and no extra
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Form Profile:

Won a bumper at Naas in November and ran well in a Listed bumper at Navan in December.

Trainer Says:

She ran very well to secure some black type at Navan last weekend and she’ll go hurdling now. That run came quick enough for her after her previous start, so we won’t rush her back to the track now. We’ll look for a mares’ maiden hurdle for her and she’ll probably step up in trip.

Video Form
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17 Dec 2017:
26 Nov 2017:
11 Nov 2017:
29 Apr 2017:

Prospectus (GB)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Sakhee - Some Sunny Day (Where Or When)
  • Trained by: G P Cromwell
  • Last Race: Navan, 22 Apr 2018 17:50
  • Result: 2/10, chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 2nd 3f out, under pressure 2f out, stayed on to challenge 1f out, soon disputed, headed final 100 yards, kept on same pace
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Form Profile:

A 131-rated hurdler, he won two of his first three starts as a juvenile hurdler and has gone on to acquit himself well without winning in a handicap hurdle company this season.

Trainer Says:

He has a few options over Christmas. He could go for the Grade 3 four-year-old only hurdle at Limerick on December 28th or the two-and-a-half mile handicap hurdle at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve. I think he got the two-and-a-half miles last time, but he was a little bit flat on the day. He looks high enough in the handicap, but I’d still be hoping there’s a day in him when everything goes right.

Video Form
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28 Dec 2017:
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Raz De Maree (FR)

Form Profile:

A 140-rated chaser, he is very much a veteran but showed he retains plenty of enthusiasm when second in the Cork Grand National in November.

Trainer Says:

He’s being aimed at the Welsh National. I thought he ran well over hurdles last time considering the ground was fast enough for him. He just doesn’t have the gears for that type of surface. He ran great at Chepstow last year, but he’s a pound higher and a year older, so it will be tough for him, but he seems to retain all his enthusiasm and will hopefully run well.

Video Form
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8 Oct 2017:

Spades Are Trumps

Form Profile:

Shaped with promise on his debut in a maiden hurdle at Wexford and duly built on that when winning a stronger contest at Punchestown in November.

Trainer Says:

I’ll chat with the lads before we make any decisions, but he is a possible for the winners-of-one hurdle over two-and-a-half miles at Limerick on St Stephen’s Day or the Grade 3 four-year-old only hurdle at Limerick on December 28th. I was very happy with him the last day. He’s still green enough and it didn’t look a bad maiden at all. He should continue to improve as he gains in experience.

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